President Trump says he believes the NFL season will start on time. However, Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio doesn’t seem nearly as confident.
The governor who presides over a state with not one but two NFL franchises, told 850 ESPN in Cleveland that he “just doesn’t know” if it’s possible for the league to start on time.
“It might be,” said on Monday. “I just don’t know. I don’t know where we’re going to be and I don’t think anybody really knows. . . . Theoretically, it’s certainly possible that with some significant testing, you could put players on the field long before you could put people in the stands.”
The question of whether fans can be in the stands, is an important one. While football is certainly better with fans in attendance, spectators are not a necessity. Plus, football with no fans is infinitely better than no football at all.
DeWine’s point about testing is also important. The NFL is a multi-billion dollar organization with the means to get their players, coaches, and trainers, proper medical testing. If the league can test all of their people and the broadcast media can test all of theirs, then the risk of infection will likely be low enough for the league to feel comfortable with playing the games.
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